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The Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed to include alcohol in the list of goods for parallel imports

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed to include alcohol in the list of goods allowed to be imported into Russia as part of parallel imports. The corresponding document is published on the website of draft regulatory legal acts.

Veuve Clicquot champagne is offered to be delivered to Russia; vermouth Martini and Cinzano; whiskey Jack Danielʼs, Jim Beam, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker; rum Captain Morgan, Havana Club; liqueurs Jägermeister, Kahlua, Malibu; Olmeca tequila and other drinks.

In the spring, the Ministry of Industry and Trade refused to include alcohol in the list of goods for parallel imports, explaining that this could lead to an increase in counterfeit goods. In August, the Association of Retail Companies (AKORT) asked the government to allow parallel imports of a number of brands of alcohol due to the risk of shortages ahead of the New Year holidays, wrote “Kommersant”.

After the start of the war, the United States, within the framework of sanctions against Russia, completely banned the shipment of alcohol, and the EU – the supply of alcohol more than 300 euros per unit of goods.

In addition, a number of international producers and distributors of alcohol left Russia: Pernod Ricard (produces Chivas Regal, Jameson, Absolut), Diageo (Bellʼs, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Baileys), Bacardi (Dewarʼs, William Lawsonʼs), Brown-Forman ( Jack Danielʼs, Finlandia), Moet Hennessy.

According to AKORT, the companies that stopped deliveries to the Russian Federation provided 66% of whiskey imports, 63% of rum supplies, 82% of cognac and 100% of sparkling wines from the French Champagne region. According to Kommersant, according to the results of the first half of 2022, the import of all strong drinks in the Russian Federation decreased by almost 35%.

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